21:14 A 4.3-magnitude earthquake has rattled Hawke's Bay, but there have been no initial reports of damage.

21:14 Two men armed with knives, who took several hostages at a French church, have been neutralised. There are reports a priest was killed.

20:28 Suicide bombers have struck Somalia's Capital Mogadishu in a double car bombing - at least 8 are dead.

16:19 National MP Maurice Williamson will bow out of politics at next year's election. The MP for Pakuranga has spent three decades in Parliament.

16:19 Farmers growing peas in Wairarapa are facing a two year ban,following the discovery of a "pea weavel" pest insect in the region.

Wed, 19 Dec 2012

Water Safety aiming for "zero" drowning toll this summer holidays

Water Safety New Zealand CEO Matt Claridge tells RadioLIVE personal responsibility is the only way to prevent drownings this summer. 19 December, 2012

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